Employee Struck by Vehicle During a Facility Emergency
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Type:  Lessons Learned

Publisher:  CH2MHill Plateau Remediation Company (Richland, WA - Hanford Site), Richland, WA - Hanford Site (CHPRC)

Published As:  Public

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Topics:  Emergency Management, Vehicle Safety

An employee was struck by a government vehicle when it was backing up. This occurred as multiple personnel and other vehicles were responding to an emergency at the work location. Equipment and supplies stacked inside the government vehicle limited the driver's view to the side and behind the vehicle. The driver did not ensure a safe path or get help backing up. The employee did not look before turning into the pathway of the vehicle.

Lesson Learned: For traffic and pedestrian safety, when a driver is moving in reverse, know what potential hazards are in the intended path. It is particularly important to get assistance backing up when pedestrians may be distracted during emergency conditions and when the view around the vehicle is obstructed. Pedestrians maintain awareness of surroundings.

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